Month: March 2012

Gallery Girl Style: Modern Traditionalist

Spicing up your work wardrobe can be a bit of a challenge when you slip into the same routine. However Alex Delotch Davis is always surprising us with new ways to mix and match pieces from her wardrobe and creating elegantly chic outfits.

Here Alex is wearing a camel color skirt she inherited from her mother that becomes the focal point of the outfit. The A-line structure of the skirt accentuates her waist giving her body a wonderful curvature.

 

Alex chose to pair a white oxford with her mother’s circle skirt as “It’s one of those pieces that stands on it’s own so a simple white blouse seemed like a nice compliment”. Not only does the white oxford compliment the tones of the skirt but the subtle detailing of the shirt adds an element of crispness to the outfit.

To finish off the look Alex wears Fendi gold stud earrings, a gold monogrammed necklace and nude peep toe pumps with a delicate bow!

Alex’s go to gallery outfit is not only great for client meetings throughout the day but transitions perfectly from day to night with a nude pair of pumps (pictured here). Happy Hour here she comes!

 

Inspiration from the runways:

Now recreate Alex’s perfect gallery look!

Skirts: Asos, Allencompany, Ted Baker

Shirt: Asos

Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, Christin Michaels

Earrings: Lucia K., Gucci

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Madame Kwan’s Moviehouse: Hunger Games and more

I told you I go to the movies a lot!

The Hunger Games.

See it! Though predictable in many parts, still an overall great entertainer. And who doesn’t want to stare at Jennifer Lawrence? I didn’t read the book so I don’t have quite the bias that the die-hard fans do… but this definitely made me like going to the movies again!

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin.

DON’T see it. The only saving grace of this movie is the silent performance of Tilda Swinton. Other than that, you’ve got an in-your-face movie trying to be super artsy and obtuse that utterly fails at delivering anything. I expected more and I sadly left the theater with regret.

 

Ecstasy.

You might want to see it if you’re in the mood. Although it likely wouldn’t be playing at a theater near you. The Atlanta Film Festival screened this “dark romantic comedy” flick to an audience looking for a hidden gem. While it had charming and believable characters, the movie colored inside the lines as far as drug-centric storylines go. It’s a sanitized version of what probably actually happens in the real world (not that I would know), but I give it credit for trying.

 

Madame Kwan’s Moviehouse: A Separation

As you can probably tell from previous posts, I’m a pretty steady movie-goer. Whether it be obscure, ridiculous, or indulgent… I see what I want to see. Sometimes disappointing and other times eye-opening, movies really help me get outside of myself when I’m too entrenched in my own circumstance.

This past weekend, I ventured to see the Oscar-winning Iranian film, A Separation.

In this fairly accurate (as far as I know) depiction of contemporary life in Iran, we’re presented with a conflict that illustrates their cultural norms in a subtle yet pervasive fashion. There is no clear villain or hero in this tale; every character is under specific and difficult strains – emotional, physical, religious and more.

 

A Separation is a universal and honest portrait of humanity. It was no tearjerker. There was no action or violence. It didn’t shatter my world into pieces. But it will be one of those films that I just can’t forget.

 

Art @ Armory Show New York

I recently made the pilgrimage to New York, for the famed Armory Show.  I’ve been looking forward to my first art fair and I wasn’t at all disappointed.  While I didn’t see any celebrities like I might expect at Basel, I was gratified to see a range of art from around the world in a variety of mediums.  Everything from “What the…?” to “What the…!”  Excited and confused I tumbled around the fair and sampled the visuals from Japan, to London to Copenhagen.

For the third year the Amory presented Armory Focus which turns its attention to a specific region.  This year Focus pointed at Nordic countries. 19 Scandinavian galleries presented from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

 

Brigitte Waldach Antichrist - She
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard -- Cophenhagen

My personal favorite from the show was Australian abstract painter Dale Frank presented by Anna Schwartz Gallery (Sydney/Melbourne). For starters, the gentleman that greeted us couldn’t have been nicer, despite what you hear about gallery types.  After warming us into his space, I was overtaken by Frank’s drippy, high gloss saturations of color.  He creates shiny pools of varnish and acrylic on linen some of which seem to capture deep flashes of solemnity while others offer cognitive exuberance.

 

DALE FRANK
The Optometrists, 2008
varnish on linen
260 x 300 cm

Dale Frank In a gallery without dogs, artists walk without sticks. A chain smoking loner, he came from a long illustrious line of chain smoking loners

And this one…it was just sexy.

DALE FRANK
The Future Is A Boot Held On Your Face, 2002
varnish on acrylic on linen
198 x 258 cm

There was so much to see and there’s no way I could even begin to chronicle the expo.  This goes in the “You had to be there” file.  However, here is a New York times slideshow of some things I didn’t see (or necessarily like).

DC Eats

 

It’s wonderful when several of your senses can be excited at once, the more the better. Oya in DC seems to have covered sight, smell, taste and three out of five ain’t bad.

 

Oya restaurant and lounge is at home in the capitol city where politicians, celebrities and global dignitaries slip in and out of unassuming store fronts behind which are amazing menageries of design, culture and cuisine. Sitting quietly on 9th street, Oya is a hot spot that plays host to everyone from Maxwell to Alec Baldwin to secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. The sensual décor is contemporary yet opulent with bright white furnishings and flashes of gold and silver metallics throughout.

 

Oya is known for its decadent sushi menu and its expansive wine list. Sommelier, Andrew Stover is recognized as a leading wine expert and makes wine an integral part of the complete dining experience.

 

If one wasn’t enough, the owners of Oya followed up with Sax, an equally spectacular dining experience although wholly different. You might miss the heavy gilded door if it weren’t for the well-dressed guard standing out front. Once inside, Sax is a feast for the eyes. Soft settees in red and gold embroidery line the walls of the huge open dining room. However, the piece de resistance is the two-story stage enclosed in glass where dancers emerge on the hour performing contemporary burlesque style shows to the guests intrigue and delight.